Sustainability

Jun 15

Smart Ways to Make Your Restaurant Greener – and More Profitable Too

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Ash Bennett

It was not that long ago that restaurant owners had to make a choice between boosting profits and reducing their environmental footprints. Those restaurant owners knew that going green was the right thing to do, but they also knew that the chefs, servers, hosts, dishwashers and other staff members relied on the business to make a living and put food on their own tables.

That dichotomy between environmental responsibility and profitability was a real stumbling block, but it is being broken down with every passing day. Green products no longer come with a price premium, and restaurant owners can find environmentally friendly packaging materials, takeaway containers and other great products, all at an affordable price.

Whether your restaurant or café is a brand new one or has been in business for years, there are plenty of ways to incorporate environmental sustainability into your everyday operations. If you do it right, you can enjoy a greener work environment – and put more green in your wallet. Here are some practical tips to get you started.

.   Never sacrifice quality construction for sustainability. A green takeaway container will do your customers no good if it falls apart halfway home. Choosing environmentally friendly takeaway containers made with recycled materials is great, but those takeaway containers still need to be up to the task.

.   Offer repeat customers a discount for reusing their old takeaway containers. If you offer takeout service, encourage customers to bring back and reuse your takeaway containers. You will save money, and so will your customers.

.   Educate your customers. You do not want to hit your customers over the head with green materials, but an attractive display at the counter or by the door is a nice touch.

.   Choose serving materials and takeaway containers that are attractive, high quality and environmentally friendly. Getting this trifecta of value is not as hard as you think, so shop carefully and choose items that reflect your high quality standard and your proud commitment to the environment.

.   Change up your takeaway containers and other environmentally sustainable materials to keep your café or restaurant looking fresh. While utility is certainly important, every takeaway container you give out, every plate on your table and every recycled placemat is a direct reflection of your business.

.   Use your sustainable takeaway containers and packaging materials to advertise your restaurant and bring in more business. Printing your address and phone number on the packaging and including your logo and perhaps a QR code can bring you more business and help spread the word about your eatery.

.   Choose insulated takeaway containers for hot and cold dishes. You want the great food you serve to arrive at your customers’ homes just as delicious as when it left. Using insulated takeaway containers will make reserving easier and reduce food waste as well.

.   Train your staff to choose the appropriate size and the right packaging materials. You always want to use the smallest size takeaway containers and the least amount of packaging possible, so train your staff, and then give them the freedom to use their own discretion and common sense.

Running a restaurant is no easy feat in today’s environment, but choosing green and environmentally sustainable packaging materials and takeaway containers can improve your business and even boost your profits. Far from being a drain on profitability, going green is actually good for business, so there is no reason not to make the switch.

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Jun 03

HuskeeCup, Bringing waste back to life

Posted on October 7, 2019 by Ash Bennett

Meet HuskeeCup. A coffee cup as sophisticated as it is sustainable.

HuskeeCup are made from coffee husks as a raw material. Husk is an organic waste product from the milling stage of coffee production. By purchasing HuskeeCup, you are helping to recycle hundreds of tonnes of waste material from the production of coffee. We’ve developed a single lid and saucer that work with every cup size!

The Benefits:

  • Keeps your coffee hotter for longer

HuskeeCup’s unique thermal properties will keep your coffee hotter for longer. So whether you are at home, on the go, or dining in at a café, you can expect an improved coffee experience.

 

  • Comfortable to hold

HuskeeCup has a slim and grip-able form. And it’s fins are not only an iconic design feature – they also protect your hands from the heat of your drink. You’re going to love the way that it feels to hold HuskeeCup (whether with one hand or both)!

  • Durable and dishwasher friendly

HuskeeCup is designed to last for years (even in a cafe environment). It’s durable and it doesn’t chip or crack easily. We have tested it in even the most rigorous café environments, running it through the dishwasher dozens of times a day.

  • Re-purposes waste material (coffee husk)

HuskeeCup features coffee husk as a raw material. Coffee husk is an organic waste material that’s produced at the milling stage of coffee production. By purchasing HuskeeCup, you are helping to recycle hundreds of tonnes of waste material from the production of coffee.

  • Universal Lid & Saucer

We’ve developed a single lid and saucer that work with every cup size! Our lid and saucer are both made from the same unique husk material as HuskeeCup. Huskee’s Universal Saucer stacks neatly and the Universal Lid has been designed to give you a cafe drinking experience on the go!

 

  • Easy to Clean

Huskee’s Universal Lid has been designed with cleanliness in mind. It’s streamlined design means there’s nowhere for coffee to hide once you’ve given it a wash! Plus, HuskeeCup’s base features drainage vents that ensure water runs straight off the cup after cleaning. No more nasty liquid pools!

  • Non-toxic (BPA free)

HuskeeCup is produced using materials which have all been tested as food safe. We work closely with our husk suppliers to ensure that no hazardous materials or chemicals are used during the process to obtain the husks. HuskeeCup is BPA free, and approved food safe.

  • Stackable

HuskeeCup stacks securely. This makes it easy and efficient to store and means less breakage!

 

  • Aesthetically Pleasing

Beyond function, HuskeeCup is recognized globally as an aesthetically pleasing, beautifully designed vessel. HuskeeCup’s Universal Lid & Saucer are the perfect complement to it’s elegant and sophisticated aesthetic.

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Apr 18

Why Your Restaurant Should Switch to Eco-Friendly Takeaway Food Containers

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Ash Bennett

More and more restaurant owners decide to go green to help our planet. Takeaway food containers are usually made of Styrofoam, a material that has a negative effect on health and the environment. As awareness about our planet’s problems is growing, many restaurants decide to use more eco-friendly materials to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Dangers of Styrofoam

Styrofoam is used widely in industry due to its lightness and insular properties. It is employed in the food sector, construction, and to protect fragile objects during shipping. However, the toll it takes on people’s health and the environment outweighs the benefits.

Styrofoam was invented in 1941 for the Dow Building Solutions. It is manufactured from polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic, and its production involves the release of huge quantities of toxic substances. Worse still, Styrofoam hardly ever biodegrades. Cleveland State University estimates that it takes more than a million years to decompose. In California, only 1% of Styrofoam is recycled.

Styrofoam tends to break into small pieces which can be eaten by animals. This results in blockage of their stomachs, which leads to starvation. Styrofoam can get washed to the sea and accumulate there. Due to its porous nature, it easily absorbs carcinogenic substances such as DDT. This phenomenon is harmful not only to sea animals, but because toxic substances tend to accumulate in the food chain, they may end up in people’s stomachs as well.

Styrofoam carries many health risks. According to the National Toxicological Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, styrene, one of Styrofoam’s components, was linked to occurrences of leukemia and lymphoma. Toxic chemicals from Styrofoam can leak into food and beverages in small quantities, especially if food is reheated in a Styrofoam container.

Alternatives

Not all plastics are bad. There are many biodegradable and recyclable plastic takeaway food containers that may be a viable alternative for Styrofoam. Carbon dioxide used in manufacturing these plastics is a more eco-friendly option than petrochemicals used for producing Styrofoam. Surprisingly, some plastic containers can take up less energy to produce than paper ones.

Plant-based food containers are usually fully biodegradable and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the production of plant-based food containers is already saving 300 million gallons of petroleum a year (an equivalent of removing 200,000 cars from the road).

Many restaurants offer discounts to customers who bring their own reusable food containers. This is the most eco-friendly option.

Switching to eco-friendly takeaway food containers can make a difference for the future of our planet. In addition, showing to your customers that your brand takes environmental concerns seriously can go a long way towards improving your restaurant’s image. Are you ready to make the switch?

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Nov 25

Tips For Making Your Cafe More Environmentally Friendly

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Ash Bennett

Climate change is a pertinent issue for consumers around the world right now, which means that businesses can benefit from operating in a way that is environmentally friendly. As a cafe owner, there are many positives to transitioning to eco-friendly management solutions. Not only is it better for the environment, but consumers will also feel more comfortable spending their money on your products and want to visit often. Here are some of the changes you can make to your cafe’s operations to make it more eco-friendly.

Use environmentally sustainable packaging.

If your cups, napkins, plates, and silverware aren’t currently recyclable or compostable, switching to alternative products is a great first step towards reducing your negative impact on the environment. While it used to be somewhat difficult to find sustainable packaging that was affordable, times have changed and there are now plenty of budget-friendly options. Many packaging companies will even produce custom orders that are recyclable or compostable, so you don’t have to sacrifice your style for environmentally friendly packaging.

Install LED lighting when possible.

Lighting uses a ton of power and energy, so not only will switching to better bulbs help save the environment, but it will also save you money on your power bill. LED lights last exponentially longer than their traditional counterparts, produce brighter light, and use less energy. Although they cost more to purchase at the outset, their overall energy cost for their lifespan is much lower than a traditional light bulb. If you don’t like the harsh look of LED lights, you can install shades or covers to maintain a warm, homey atmosphere in your cafe.

Reward employees for taking public transportation to work.

If you live in an area with public transportation, encourage your employees (or even your customers) to use it by starting an incentive program. Public transportation cuts down on the level of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, which are some of the biggest contributing factors to our planet’s rising temperatures. You can provide rewards for your employees if they use public transit (or walk or bike, which are just as effective), such as free food and drinks or even bonuses. You could also partner with a local public transit system by rewarding your customers when they show their train or bus tickets. Not only does this encourage environmentally friendly behavior, but it can expand your customer base and increase revenue as well.

Compost your food waste.

If your cafe serves food, you can set up your own composting program. Composting breaks down waste in a way that is efficient and environmentally friendly. All you need to do is set up a specific compost bin, and determine what can and cannot be composted. Most cafe-related food waste is compostable, including coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit, and eggshells. Use a bin that is specifically designed for compost to combat any unpleasant odors, and be sure to take the bin to an outdoor compost heap every two to three days.

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Oct 16

Sustainable Ideas to Jumpstart Your Coffee Sales

Posted on October 7, 2019 by Ash Bennett

Competition can be stiff when it comes to coffee sales. High-visibility franchises can make it difficult for independent cafes and coffee shops to compete. Besides offering a great cup of coffee, what else can you do to encourage customers to choose your cafe over the big chains? Many customers only care about what’s in the cup, but for some, what the coffee comes in is just as important. As more consumers focus on decreasing their carbon footprint, savvy retailers can make a difference by offering products that come in eco-friendly packaging.

In the Australia alone, nearly 1 billion coffee cups end up in landfills each year. Coffee cups have a high-fiber paper content that makes them difficult to recycle. While millions of coffee cups are placed in recycling bins, the sad truth is that the vast majority are not even recycled. Consumers may feel that they are doing their part to save the planet, but billions of cups worldwide end up in landfills because the plastic, ink, and coating on most cups make them impossible to recycle.

What does this mean for your business? Offering reusable cups in your business is one way to encourage customers to do their part. Set your business apart by making it easier for consumers to “go green.” Nudging them into changing their consumption habits could have a drastic impact on the usage of disposable cups. Some retailers encourage customers to use reusable cups by offering discounts. Offer disposable cups at assorted sizes and price points. Reward usage with frequent-use or loyalty programs.

Invest in sustainable packaging and products. Check with packaging providers for recyclable or compostable packaging. You could also partner with your provider on any recycling programs they may offer. While it is not easy to have a robust recycling program, due to the nature of consumption, most customers consume their coffee away from your business, either in homes or offices. There is still an opportunity for you to carve out a niche and separate yourself from the big chains.

Eco-friendly packaging is a trend that is likely to develop into an environmental push. Be on the forefront now and become a leader in your industry. Being a catalyst for change is not impossible. Please see our vast range of environmental friendly packaging

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